Friends for the Prevention of Heart Disease and Stroke
Friends for the Prevention of Heart Disease and Stroke is a volunteer organization benefiting the Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at Baylor College of Medicine and The Methodist DeBakey Heart Center under the direction of Dr. Christie M. Ballantyne. The center was created in 2000 as a partnership between Baylor and The Methodist Hospital to help physicians search for better and more effective therapies to prevent heart attack and stroke from vascular disease, the number one killer of Americans today.
Each year, Friends hosts a dinner lecture that highlights the center's leading initiatives in cardiovascular disease and research. The 2012 dinner raised $650,000 for the center. Chaired by Geraldina and Scott Wise, the Oct. 9 event honored Penny and Paul Loyd and Maria Ballantyne.